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My fantasy team could be in trouble!

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

My fantasy team lost last week, again. 2-4-1 is not quite the record I had expected to have, but if you thought I was giving up you are wrong! The Sacramento Footlong need to turn it around in the GFL, or I might be watching the playoffs this year.

Picking up Ryan Fitzpatrick last week to cover for Matt Ryan and Peyton Manning on a bye week ended up being a great move. Dropping Brian Hartline was also a good move. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if I want to replace the failing Steve Smith of the Panthers with Josh Gordon of the Browns, who just so happens to still be on the waiver wire. Cam Newton still looks better than Brandon Weeden, but as weird as it sounds, that could change soon.

Stevie Johnson finally had a good game, thankfully it was the same game I played Ryan Fitzpatrick. I’m going for that again this week with Peyton Manning and Eric Decker, it doesn’t work out very often. After seeing Manning throw for 300+ yards in three straight games, I think it is finally time to elect Manning the starter of my fantasy team over Matt Ryan.

I was lucky enough to have a great performance from Frank Gore, to cover for the big zero Vernon Davis gave me, but unfortunately Gore appears to be banged up. He doesn’t seem to think it’s a big deal, but the media is treating it like the Trent Richardson injury. Speaking of Trent Richardson, I played him last week and now that he has admitted he isn’t playing at full capacity, despite playing at full capacity with prior injuries, this injury might be serious enough to bench him this week, and I have done exactly that.

To replace Trent Richardson I brought in Darren Sproles, not a bad replacement. Thankfully receiving points count for running backs, or Sproles wouldn’t be worth his fantasy weight in paper. I’m going with three receivers this week because my only other running back, Fred Jackson, has a bye this week. Eric Decker hopefully puts up some kind of numbers, any numbers. I made a play for Randall Cobb just to fill my starting roster with absolutely any potential.

I picked up Dustin Keller (go Jets!) as a backup for Vernon Davis. I figured after last week, Vernon Davis will make sure he is extra open this game. Also, Dustin Keller had a great full game back, which is what I will need to backup Vernon Davis. I’m keeping Lawrence Tynes the Giants kicker because he’s ranked number one in kicker fantasy points and the Giants are playing the Cowboys this week. Every Cowboys game, there are a ton of kicks from both teams.

I had picked up the Packers defense last week because the Falcons defense had a bye week. It ended up being a good pickup, not because they did well last week but because they have a good matchup against the Jaguars this week. Fortunately for me, the Falcons have a better matchup against the Eagles this week. I’ll take the better Falcons defense against the turnover-prone Eagles offense long before I even consider the Packers lack of defense going up against the Jaguars completely lack of offense, even this week when the Jaguars are missing their two biggest offensive threats.

All I can do is hope I fix the problems I’ve had the last couple of weeks, while juggling players to cover for bye weeks.

Week 8 Games to Watch

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

There are only a few games this week with the potential to be great. Fortunately for you, I’m going to talk about some of them!

Week 8 Matchups to Watch!

Redskins(3-4) vs Steelers(3-3)
This game has it all, quarterbacks, running backs, offense, defense, ugly color combinations. These two teams are incredibly similar right now, if you hadn’t already noticed. Both quarterbacks have the potential to make the big plays both at any given moment and all game long. Both backfields can run the ground-and-pound all game long. Both defenses can play tough at times. Before this season, who thought you’d hear someone say the Redskins and the Steelers are incredibly similar?

The Redskins have Robert Griffin III at the helm and Alfred Morris in the backfield, quite the duo at this point in the season. Given the fact teams are learning to plan for both players to run the ball, and run it well, it’s no surprise Robert Griffin III has had so much success in the passing game. Combine that with a defense that has at times given up as many points as their talented offense can possibly score, and we could have quite the performance from the Redskins on offense.

The Steelers know how to make plays, with Ben Roethlisberger commanding the offense. Their defense is a little suspect this year, given a few injuries. Seeing a similarity yet? Combine the Ben Roethlisberger lead offense with a defense that hasn’t been as tough lately, and we could see the ball fly on a regular basis tonight with the Steelers.

Big plays are just around the corner, all we need is for both quarterbacks to play like they mean it. Two superstar quarterbacks going head-to-head with mediocre defenses make this a game to watch.

Giants(5-2) vs Cowboys(3-3)
This is one of those games where you hope both teams don’t have a bad night offensively. Between the Tony Romo lead Cowboys and the Eli Manning lead Giants, this game has a chance. The Cowboys have been falling apart lately, so it may take closer to a miracle for them to come together for an entire game, or enough in the 4th quarter. The Giants have been crushing teams, we just have to hope their defense doesn’t play so well tonight so the Cowboys have a chance.

The Giants are playing very well this year, with Eli Manning throwing the ball deep on a fairly regular basis. It also helps when your receivers catch the deep ball, as often as its thrown. The Giants defense can go hot or cold, but when they go hot they definitely are going to make somebody hurt. The Giants have a nice backfield as well, able to run the ball for a majority of the time between Eli Manning throwing the deep ball. Let’s hope we see more passes than runs.

The Cowboys need to get it together. Tony Romo smiles too much for the type of performance he’s been putting up, stinking up the place along with Dez Bryant. Miles Austin has had a pretty good last couple of games, so has DeMarco Murray who is unfortunately injured. The Cowboys need a helping hand tonight, and the only place they’re going to get it is on the defensive side of the ball with a turnover.

Here’s to hoping the Cowboys offense figures out what the problem is before we end up watching a one-sided game.
Having two teams in one game that can and have put up huge numbers despite the competition makes this a game to watch.

Saints(2-4) vs Broncos (3-3)
This game is going to be great. Drew Brees and the Saints always score points, their defense always gives up points. Combine that with Peyton Manning running the Broncos offense and we’ve got ourselves a game. This won’t be about defenses, although they might play tough and come up with a few big plays of their own. This game will be about the impressive offense of both teams.

The Saints have Drew Brees throwing the ball for them, a sure sign there will be passing touchdowns for the Saints by the end of this game. The large number of Saints players able to catch the ball and make plays after the catch is what gives them their incredible edge when comparing their offense to pretty much any defense. Their defense used to be revered, now they make the big hits while giving up the big plays, so nobody cares. If the Saints want to win this game they are going to have to score points, because their defense gives up more points than any other team in the NFL.

The Broncos have a well-balanced offense if you think about it. Peyton Manning is great, which he again proved this year, but he is throwing to only two wide-receivers and a question mark at tight end. The Broncos run game is actually doing pretty good, with Willis McGahee coming up big in yardage on a fairly regular basis. The Broncos defense isn’t what it was last season, but they are better than the Raiders defense so they can’t be the worst.

These are two teams that should be in the post season, at least to give us a show during the playoffs or the Super Bowl. Two fantastic teams, despite their records, going at it in a shootout is what makes this a definite game to watch.

Sleeper of the Week
Falcons(6-0) vs Eagles (3-3)
The Falcons are undefeated, their offense is consistently putting up numbers, their defense is consistently creating turnovers. The Eagles could or should have no wins, their offense is consistently turning the ball over, their defense is consistently stuffing offenses. This could be a great game and will likely generate a lot of highlights, on the defensive side of the ball.

Week 8 Picks: Wayne Dobbs

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Well I had a positive ratio last week, but I’m still behind Xavier. He picked some upsets and at first I laughed but once I made my own picks I began to see what he was seeing. Not sure I trust some of the better teams to win on the road this weekend.

Wayne Dobbs’ Week 8 Picks:

Thursday Night Football
Buccaneers(2-4) vs Vikings(5-2): Vikings – I’m not sure about this game. If the good Buccaneers show up, this should be their game on points regardless of the Vikings defense. If the good Vikings show up they should be able to keep this game around 20 points and get to the quarterback often enough. I’m going Vikings because they have been much more consistent, they are at home, and their record is much better.

Sunday Football
Falcons(6-0) vs Eagles(3-3): Falcons – Falcons in this one. The Eagles have a good defense, but they lost their defensive coordinator. Between Michael Vick and the Falcons defense, the Eagles might not have a drive without a turnover. Falcons 7-0. Did I mention I’m starting the Falcons defense on my fantasy team this week?

Dolphins(3-3) vs Jets(3-4): Jets – I have to pick the Jets in this, I have to. They usually don’t reproduce after scoring more than 25 points, but the Dolphins have them angry and chomping at the bit. Likewise most likely the opposite direction as well. Picking the Jets because I’m a Jets fan. Go Jets! No hot sauce!

Patriots(4-3) vs Rams(3-4): Patriots – The Patriots should be able to pull this one off. Bill Belichick is smarter than everyone on the Rams sideline. Offensive weapons favor the Patriots a little too much in this one.

Redskins(3-4) vs Steelers(3-3): Steelers – The Redskins have been coming back and keeping games close or blowing leads, I’m not sure what they’re going to do besides score some points. The Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger and a tough defense, and they are at home.

Seahawks(4-3) vs Lions(2-4): Seahawks – The Seahawks should be able to pull out a low-scoring win over the Lions, as in the Lions will have a low score. Road wins are fun.

Chargers(3-3) vs Browns(1-6): Chargers – I’m picking the Chargers in this one because they have been playing fairly well despite playing fairly bad, while the Browns lost their run game most likely for this week as well so their passing game shouldn’t be too hard to cover. Excluding of course Brandon Weeden to Josh Gordon once or twice this game.

Panthers(1-5) vs Bears(5-1): Bears – The Bears should win this game, and it will make the Panthers look bad. Which is bad, because the Panthers need a win coming off a loss after their bye week.

Colts(3-3) vs Titans(3-4): Titans – The Titans should win this game for a few reasons. Besides being at home, they can score points, a lot of points. The Colts also don’t appear to be a good team minus the sporadic appearances of Andrew Luck, which do create highlights.

Jaguars(1-5) vs Packers(4-3): Packers – The Packers at home to the Jaguars, I like this matchup. I’m still not starting the Packers defense in fantasy, but I like this matchup. No MJD or Gabbert for the Jaguars. Packers should win this game handily.

Raiders(2-4) vs Chiefs(1-5): Raiders – I think the Chiefs had better get used to the idea of 1-6. The Raiders aren’t a horrible team, only a bad team. The Chiefs right now are a worse team. Brady Quinn won’t be able to put this offense together in team to beat a Raiders team that only thrives on teams that are worse than themselves.

Giants(5-2) vs Cowboys(3-3): Giants – The Giants are good on the road against teams that should win at home. Sorry Cowboys, a negative record is just around the corner. Look for more Eli Manning deep passes.

Sunday Night Football
Saints(2-4) vs Broncos(3-3): Broncos – The Saints do score a lot of points, but the Broncos are at home. The Broncos are also playing better recently, and the Saints defense gives up more points than any other team. This should be a good game. Sunday Night Football is the best.

Monday Night Football
49ers(5-2) vs Cardinals(4-3): 49ers – This game could end up going to the Cardinals for a number of reasons, from their defense that keeps teams in range to their offense that started to click at one point thus having potential, but I think the 49ers can win this on their offense alone if they choose to. The question is, will they choose to this week? Not to mention the 49ers defense, which I just mentioned, is one of the best.

This should be a good week of football. Hopefully Xavier doesn’t end up being right, again, or I’ll never catch up.

Week 8 Picks: Xavier Huntington

October 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Xavier didn’t write an intro. He is whooping me in the picks count so far as well. I asked him about all of the upsets he picked this week, his answer was that they are at home and he doesn’t expect all of them to be right, so, here’s his picks:

Xavier Huntington’s Week 8 Picks:

Thursday Night Football
Buccaneers vs. Vikings – Vikings, I think this one will be close. The Vikings have been a surprising team atop the NFC North this year, and I think they continue their winning ways. The Bucs have kept each game close in their losses, but I think their trend of losing a late game lead continues this week.

Sunday Football
Colts vs. Titans – Colts, I think Chris Johnson regresses to having very few rushing yards for about the 80th time this year. Luck has a solid game against what the Titans have been calling a defense since the departure of Jeff Fisher.

Patriots vs. Rams – Rams, This Pats team has a lot of question marks, and from a fantasy perspective a lot of mouths to feed on offense. Their continued ability to win masks the problems they are having defensively. The Patriots have already lost to 2 NFC west teams previously. I think the Rams pull off the “upset” by getting in Brady’s face and taking him off his game.

Dolphins vs. Jets – Dolphins, The Dolphins are a team performing well under the radar. With no super star names they have been consistently winning somehow. Despite Sanchez performing well against the Patriots he will go back to his old Sanchez ways and fail to throw a touch down or eclipse 200 yards passing.

Falcons vs. Eagles – Eagles, The Falcons have won their last 3 games by very small margins. This Eagles team, if it can clean up the turnovers on offense is pretty good. Perhaps the firing of the defensive coordinator will reengergize their stagnant offense?

Redskins vs. Steelers – Steelers, A gut call more than anything. I don’t feel as though the Redskins can maintain a winning streak, while the Steelers, while aging now, have proven year after year that they can.

Panthers vs. Bears – Bears, The Bears have been a dominant team this year, riding superior special teams, an always tough defense, and an improved offense to 5 victories. They will continue their winning ways even against the electric Cam Newton, who is in a significant sophomore slump, and has yet to convince me that his rookie year wasn’t a fluke.

Chargers vs. Browns – Browns, The Chargers have not been playing well to this point, and even when they are playing well they are supremely boring to watch. Sorry Chargers fans. I think the Browns pull off the upset here.

Seahawks vs. Lions – Lions, Just a gut feeling really. All their wins, and even their losses have involved late 4th quarter comebacks. I think the offense gets in synch earlier in the game and runs away with it. Even with the Seahawks suffocating defense.

Jaguars vs. Packers – Packers, Should be an easy win. I expect the Packers to run away with it and move to their ground game (?) late in the 3rd.

Raiders vs. Chiefs – Chiefs, I have a really hard time calling Raiders games, even when they are “improving” they never seem to. Against a nearly winless Chiefs team I really have no vested interest in this game (exception being Jamaal Charles). The Raiders won last week and I don’t think the possess the ability to win 2 in a row. Plus they are at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs have a significant homefield advantage. May not so much over a good team, but against the Raiders I’ll take the Chiefs at home. This likely works the other way around too.

Giants vs. Cowboys – Cowboys, I think the Cowboys are seeking vengeance for their week 1 loss to the Giants. I have a hard time believing in either of these teams for the long run. They both fluctuate too much between great and dismal.

Sunday Night Football
Saints vs. Broncos – Saints, Can anyone stop Drew Brees? The Saints are on a 2 game winning streak (finally) and I don’t think the Broncos stop them, even after their bye. Peyton has been getting most of his numbers in garbage time, making games look closer than they really are. They lose this game, but still end up winning the division.

Monday Night Football
49ers vs. Cardinals – 49ers, The 49ers have more than a week to prepare for this game and I think Harbaugh has them ready for it. After a hot 4-0 start the Cardinals have followed that up with 3 straight losses. Divisional games are always close and both these teams play stifling defense. However the 49ers have an offensive identity that actually exists (except on 3rd downs) where as the Cardinals really don’t. The Cardinals will go as far as their offense will take them this year. See: Not far.